Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
Buy On
  1. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The gameplay feels nearly identical to "Crash Team Racing's" (PS1), even down to the speed-boosting wumpa fruits, so if you loved it before, you'll still love it, and if not...not. [Jan 2004, p.110]
  2. At full price it's hard to justify a purchase in our view as it's simply not all that essential or different from anything that's gone before, but if you ever fancy a quality party game that you can slip out when the time is right for some multiplayer action and see this game knocking around for a more realistic price then you won't be disappointed.
  3. 60
    Stages are sterile clones of much livelier settings found in competing titles.
  4. Probably one of the least exciting racing titles I've played recently. [Dec 2003, p.146]
  5. The sequel plays exactly like its predecessor, in every way that I can think of.
  6. 60
    With a slow and chunky multiplayer component, there's not much reason to jump into the driver's seat.
  7. 74
    A solid adaptation of a PSOne game. The problem is that the same exact game has been made dozens of times and CNK does very little to further the cause. It's a kart racing game like any other.
  8. Failed miserably in execution and you will not find me playing this game again because I just don’t think it is very fun to play.
  9. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    It seems Vicarious Visions did all it could to emulate the Naughty Dog classic ["CTR"] and just added a PS2 coat of paint. [Jan 2004, p.114]
  10. Play Magazine
    It's all a little generic and heavily recycled, but the powerslide system from "CTR" pulls it together. [Dec 2003, p.85]
  11. If you already own “Crash Team Racing” for PSOne then don’t even bother to rent Crash Nitro Kart. Entire tracks (or large portions thereof) and the same quality graphics/controls/sounds from the 32-bit original have been shamelessly replicated on PS2 with the most minute and inconsequential of improvements.
  12. CNK offers nothing new at all, failing to really improve even on its prequel, which even back then, was pretty standard fare.
  13. Weekly Famitsu
    7 / 6 / 7 / 7 - 27 [Vol 183; 16 July 2004]

Awards & Rankings

#69 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#26 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 70 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 70
  2. Negative: 5 out of 70
  1. May 7, 2015
    Much better than the Crash Team RacingMuch better than the Crash Team Racing . Full Review »
  2. May 7, 2015
    One of the best the PS2One of the best the PS2 . Full Review »
  3. May 7, 2015
    This game is perfectThis game is perfect . Full Review »